On Thursday, June 18, 2018, from 6 p.m., we inaugurate the sculpture together with the artist on the green area of Almstadt- / Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße. We circulate until 9pm. Please note the distance rules. We are looking forward to your visit.
Popularis is the name of a series of sculptures by the Berlin artist Simon Mullan. (Tresen) is the subtitle of the latest work in this series, which the artist created especially for the green space between Rosa-Luxemburg- and Almstadtstraße and which will now remain there for four months. Like all works in this series, it is a simple geometric form that is completely covered with tiles - which also seems practical given the suggested use suggested in the title.
Project ideas and interests, which the artist has been pursuing for years, continue in (counter). After all, Mullan makes art almost exclusively from commercially available, functional materials and work utensils such as sandpaper, ceramic tiles and grout, bomber jackets, “worker” uniforms (blue jackets) and other mechanistic components that he takes apart, cuts and reconfigures.
The popularis (vocabulary) vocabulary is reminiscent of minimalism and constructivism and seems primarily committed to Euclidean geometry. In fact, Mullan's way of working has a lot to do with work, ethics and economics. So the first cuts when laying the tiles are rather intuitive, and as the Kleistsian idea only gradually develops when talking, the final laying pattern also only establishes itself at Mullan while working on the sculpture. The procedural - that is, the work - is absolutely part of the inner consequence of his entire work. Of course, it is also about the relationship between measure and material, technology and art, calculation and chance, but it also plays a major role that all work materials do not originate in the need for artists, but in the hardware store. It is also important, no leftovers - in this case no waste. Every small piece of tile finds its place. Basically, there is a lot of complication in simplicity.